Famous People Who Died In 1626

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1626. This list includes people like Francis Bacon, John Dowland, Willebrord Snell, Nurhaci, Edward Alleyn and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include poets, political leaders, playwrights and astronomers who died in 1626. This list includes people from England, Netherlands and many more countries.
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Francis Bacon
(Philosopher, Statesman and Lord High Chancellor of England)
Francis Bacon
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Birthdate: January 22, 1561
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: The Strand, London, England
Died: April 9

Francis Bacon was a Renaissance philosopher and author who was known as the Father of Empiricism, because of his belief in the scientific method and theory that scientific knowledge can only be created through inductive reasoning and experience. He was later knighted and served as the first Queen's counsel.

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John Dowland
(Singer, Lutenist and Composer)
John Dowland
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 1563 AD
Birthplace: London, England
Died: February 20
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Willebrord Snell
(Astronomer & Mathematician)
Willebrord Snell
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 13, 1580
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Leiden, Dutch Republic
Died: October 30

Willebrord Snell was a Dutch mathematician and astronomer. He is credited with rediscovering the law of refraction, which is named Snell's law in his honor. A much-revered mathematician in the Netherlands, Willebrord Snell was honored by the Royal Netherlands Navy by naming three of its survey ships after him. Snellius, a lunar crater, is also named in his honor.

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Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Suffolk
(English commander)
Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Suffolk
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 24, 1561
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: May 28
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Ernst von Mansfeld
(General)
Ernst von Mansfeld
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1580 AD
Birthplace: Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Died: November 29
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Edward Alleyn
(Actor)
Edward Alleyn
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Birthdate: September 1, 1566
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: November 25
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Samuel Argall
(Adventurer)
Samuel Argall
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1580 AD
Birthplace: Bristol, England
Died: January 24
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Edmund Gunter
(Mathematician)
Edmund Gunter
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 1581 AD
Birthplace: Hertfordshire, England
Died: December 10
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Nurhaci
(Emperor of Later Jin)
Nurhaci
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Birthdate: May 14, 1559
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fushun, China
Died: September 30

Nurhaci was a Jurchen chieftain who reigned as the Khan of Later Jin for 10 years. He is credited with uniting and reorganizing several Jurchen tribes. His attack and conquest of Ming dynasty laid the foundation for the formation of the Qing dynasty, which was founded by his descendants in 1636. His life inspired the 2005 TV series, Taizu Mishi.

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Juan de Oñate
(1st Spanish Governor of New Mexico)
Juan de Oñate
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1550 AD
Birthplace: Zacatecas, Mexico
Died: June 4
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John Davies
(English poet and writing master)
John Davies
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 16, 1569
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wiltshire, United Kingdom
Died: December 8
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Adriaen de Vries
(Sculptor)
Adriaen de Vries
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Birthdate: 1556 AD
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Died: 1626 AD
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Paul Bril
(Painter)
Paul Bril
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Birthdate: 1554 AD
Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium
Died: October 7
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Samuel Purchas
(Author)
Samuel Purchas
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1577 AD
Birthplace: Thaxted, England
Died: 1626 AD
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Salomon de Brosse
(Architect)
Salomon de Brosse
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: 1571 AD
Birthplace: Verneuil, France
Died: December 9

Salomon de Brosse was a French architect who worked during the early 17th-century. An influential personality, De Brosse's works had a major influence on the works of another important architect, François Mansart. Counted among the most important architects of his generation, Salomon De Brosse was commissioned to design ambitious projects, such as the Luxembourg Palace in Paris.

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Théophile de Viau
(Poet)
Théophile de Viau
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1590 AD
Birthplace: Clairac, France
Died: September 25
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Malik Ambar
(The De facto Ruler of the Ahmadnagar Sultanate in the Deccan Region of India)
Malik Ambar
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1548 AD
Birthplace: Harar, Ethiopia
Died: May 11

Malik Ambar was a Siddi military leader who served as the prime minister of the Ahmadnagar Sultanate, later serving as its de facto ruler. Brought into India as a slave, Ambar created a mercenary force and pioneered guerrilla warfare. He then went on to found the city of Khirki, which was later renamed as Aurangabad. 

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Christian the Younger of Brunswick
(Military commander)
Christian the Younger of Brunswick
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 20, 1599
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Groningen, Germany
Died: June 16
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William Rowley
(Dramatist)
William Rowley
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1585 AD
Birthplace: England, United Kingdom
Died: January 31
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Diego Sarmiento de Acuña, count de Gondomar
(Spanish diplomat and ambassador)
Diego Sarmiento de Acuña, count de Gondomar
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 1, 1567
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Astorga, Spain
Died: October 2
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François de Bonne, Duke of Lesdiguières
(Soldier)
François de Bonne, Duke of Lesdiguières
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 1, 1543
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur, France
Died: September 21
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Nicholas Breton
(Poet)
Nicholas Breton
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1545 AD
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1626 AD
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Niall Garvach O'Donnell
(Chieftain)
Niall Garvach O'Donnell
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1569 AD
Birthplace: Ireland
Died: 1626 AD
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James Sempill
(Scottish Poet and Diplomat Known for His Satirical Poem 'A Picktooth for the Pope')
James Sempill
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1566 AD
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: 1626 AD

Best known for his satiric and anti-papal poem A picktooth for the Pope, or the packman’s paternoster, Scottish poet Sir James Sempill had also served as Scotland’s ambassador to England and France. The son of noblewoman Mary Livingston, he also earned a knighthood for his achievements.

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Robert Sidney, 1st Earl of Leicester
(Statesman)
Robert Sidney, 1st Earl of Leicester
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 19, 1563
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kent, England
Died: July 13
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William Cavendish, 1st earl of Devonshire
(Politician)
William Cavendish, 1st earl of Devonshire
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 27, 1552
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: England
Died: March 3
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Cyril Tourneur
(Soldier)
Cyril Tourneur
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1575 AD
Birthplace: Great Parndon,England
Died: February 28
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Ouboutou Tegremante
(Former Kalinago chief on St Kitts when Thomas Warner arrived by 1623 to establish a colony)
Ouboutou Tegremante
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthplace: Saint Kitts and Nevis
Died: 1626 AD
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Lancelot Andrewes
(priest, translator, theologian, Bible translator)
Lancelot Andrewes
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 16, 1555
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London
Died: September 25

Lancelot Andrewes was a scholar and bishop who played an important role during the reigns of James I and Elizabeth I, serving prominent positions in the Church of England. During James I's reign, he not only served as the Bishop of Chichester, Ely, and Winchester but also supervised the translation of the Authorized Version, the English translation of the Bible.